The BRAGA ACADEMY conversed with Head Coach Arturo outlining what happened on the tour, lessons learnt, new experiences and much more. Continue Reading →
Today’s first obligation was to complete some on-camera morning interviews with our players at the main hotel. Continue Reading →
Constant rain overnight meant an extra cool (1 degree Celsius) morning training session that would not be the usual style. Ball work, drills and exercises were coordinated by all 3 coaches, led by Siamac and assisted by Tanu and Roberto conducting the goalkeepers. Continue Reading →
The Technical representative/a former national player, Nene from the BRAGA ACADEMY in Portugal, made his 18-man squad selection to play against BRAGA ACADEMY U19. This from watching 28 members of Lank Academy from Sweden play their first ever practice game last night. Continue Reading →
The 6 players and General Manager landed in Portugal at 1:20pm (8:20 am Jamaica time) and traveled about 45 kilometers to the Park Hotel. It’s breathtaking gardens consist of a historic cathedral, statues, moseleums, and centuries-old cobbled stone roads created in honour of the Pope and religion.
The youngsters where briefed to play in a game 2 hours from their arrival time, preceded by watching another game. The first game had Lank Academy draw 1-1 with Famalicao Academy, who are first in Division 2. The 6 Jamaican youths played all 45 minutes of the second half and did fairly well, despite the tire from 2 days of traveling.
A rest day followed, ahead of an upcoming big game against BRAGA Under 19, who lead the first Division in Portugal. The rest day also had them enjoying meals, one on one interviews with the owner, testimonials, and team technical discussions.
The Harbour View Footbal Club (HVFC) will be sending 6 more U17 players to the an Academy Showcase, this time in Portugal. The 6 players include: 2 Jamaica College players, Jabari Howell (also HVFC player), and school teammate Shadane Lopez, Kingston College / HVFC forward Tyrese Williams, former HVFC Midfielder Horace Ramsay and Charles Tate from the new Jamaican-based MRC Football Academy organized by Onaje Bell, and HVFC/ Reggae Boyz U20 Midfielder Tyreek Magee.
Letters of approval by parents and schools were granted to travel with General manager, Clyde Jureidini, as part of a HVFC group of players to participate in a 5-way Academy Tournament in Braga, Portugal against Länk Academy from Sweden between November 15-25th, 2018.
Mrs Pat Garel, PLCA General Manager, gave the youths a pep talk to congratulate and encourage the boys ahead of their journey from the Jamaica Football Federation office to the Montego Bay Airport.
They will meet Jamaica College Midfielder Oquassa Chong, Seaforth High Midfielder Garth Stewart, St. Andrew Technical High School Defender Noel Walker Jr., and Spanish Town High attacker, Rennardo Robinson who are also a part of HVFC youth teams, and travelled to join the newly developed Länk Academy in Stockholm, Sweden in late September until November 28, 2018 through HVFC.
They will be exposed to an international football lifestyle aimed at maximizing their personnel development as football professionals in Europe. Other players from Canada and Trinidad and Tobago have been in the programme since early August 2018, and Swedish clubs are to be possibly invited later.
When the 20-30 players are selected after the Portugal Showcase, they will return to Europe in early 2019 to play in the Division 2 Academy League for six (6) months against many top European-based Academies’ Under 19 teams. This will expose them to high quality opposition, scouts, agents and clubs for potential career moves upward, stays at the Swedish Academy until age 19, go elsewhere in the football world, or return home.
We wish them all the very best!
The third place playoff game has long been one of those fixtures that can quite frankly be an exciting open encounter Continue Reading →
HVFC lose 1-2 to DC United, in a last minute heartbreaker semifinal, to an added time Free kick.
The game started fairly evenly, the black and white with red-clad, DC United moved the ball with more possession. HVFC replied with a more direct approach as Tyrese Williams and Demarco Thorne worked menacingly between the defensive lines, as Ron-jay Watson slipped behind the wingbacks teed up by passes from captain, Rojaughn Joseph, and Jahmali Miller in midfield. Solid at the back, the outstanding under-13 youngsters, Malachi Sterling and Tarick Ximines, followed the instructions of Jahdae Wright with Delroy Jones.
The DC team created a flowing attack that penetrated down the middle of the park to slip in the first goal pass the advancing goalkeeper, to score the first goal after 23 minutes, 0-1.
Accelerated ball movement from both teams marked the quality of the encounter, as the crowd inside the West Bay stadium showed their appreciation with shouts, applause and cheers.Then the hunting Jamaicans, found the opening we were searching for in the 54th minute. A 5-man passing combination from the right side through Ximines, Joseph, Miller, back to Ximines who played in Williams between both central defenders, he controlled to fire pass the custodian, 1-1. The stadium explodes in joy.
The buzz is loud and fever-pitched, both teams were going all out to score and lead, with good opportunities and emotions peaked. Crowd is loving it as DC United rings all 5 substitutions to cope as the power and strength of spirit rises. The Young “Stars of the East” pushes harder, and the stands smelled victory and encouraged us.
In extra-time we pushed forward in front of our bench, the referee deliberated and made an arguably wrong call for a throw in against us and the attack swings in DC United’s favour as the second call comes outside the area. 4 minutes of time are added, 74 now on the clock, a questionable call for infringement 21 yards out from goal. The kicker delivers a beauty of a floater, inside the top right-hand corner of the goal, as the entire USA team erupted in celebration, a burden lifted and a precious place in the final is their reward.The 4-man wall is set, keeper Darren Vallentine’s effort cannot stop the well-taken free kick, that scored in added time.
HVFC is shattered in disbelief as the long blow of the whistle hurts deeply. We are not going to the final. Devastated we regroup for the third place playoff.
Congratulations, are offered all around the stadium from just about everyone proclaimed, this is the first real test that DC United has had since they walked through Zone A, with 9 points from 3 wins. So with acceptance but very little comfort, we hold our heads high as we go to our camp at the Pavilion Agricultural Society Centre, in the Cayman islands.
The final round of games in the preliminary Group B against defending champions, the Cuban National Team. Continue Reading →
A more focused HVFC took the field, with a clear sense of purpose mixed with confidence, evident in laughter and smiles. Ron-jay Watson searched the flank as his close friend Kareem McLean drove the opposite side. In tandem, they set up marksman Demarco Thorne and hitman Tyrese Williams as both launched bombs on the St. Ann-based unit.
Mount Pleasant Academy responded with shots from distance as Pearson banged them high but goal-ward. However, it was the two young guns from the champion U13 KSAFA team, Kevaughn “Socca” Wilson and Tarick Ximines, who would unlock the defensive unit in the 16th minute from a corner kick. Wilson’s first effort was blocked as he recovered and crossed to the far post. Ximines curled and steered the ball away inside the goal to notch his first international goal. The two “Barcelona Boys” embraced in joy, 1-0. It remained a fairly even game to halftime as Thorne’s right-footer smashed against the base of the upright.
Watson had his way down the left flank. Wilson’s dead ball kicks found the header from Williams twice to be blocked, then his shot from the top of the box grazed the crossbar before Thorne again tricked a defender into grabbing him as he swivelled away to goal. Penalty converted by Watson in minute 52 to make it 2-0.
Three minutes later, Mount Pleasant won a free kick on top of the box as goalkeeper Valentine’s error to overstep saw Christopher Pearson accurately convert for a consolation goal, 2-1. Game management for the last 15 minutes had us keep the lead in place, only for Wilson’s drive to bounce off the crossbar. 3 points secured to now total 4 points.
We are currently second in our zone, tied with zone leaders and defending champions Cuba. They lead with a +2 goal difference to our +1. Mount Pleasant Academy is third on 1 point, ahead of 4th-placed San Antonio Academy also on 1 point. We need to get at least 1 point tomorrow against Cuba to secure qualification to the semifinal.
Picture (L-R): Goalscorers, Tarick Ximines and Ron-jay Watson, and voted Man of the Match, defender Jahdae Wright.